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Click the link to see all preseason rankings for that team. Only current FBS teams that have been ranked in at least one preseason poll are shown.

Last updated on August 20, 2018

Air Force
Only preseason ranking was in 1959 (#15).

Alabama

  • Last: 2018 (#1)
  • High: #1 (2018, 2017, 2016, 2013, 2010, 1978, 1966)
  • Note: Ranked in preseason Top 5 every year since 2009. First back-to-back-to-back preseason #1 since Oklahoma in 1985-87, and eighth overall.

Arizona

  • Last: 2015 (#22)
  • Last Top 10/5: 1999 (#4)
  • Note: Only one appearance in the preseason poll since 2000 (2015).

Arizona State

  • Last: 2015 (#15)
  • Last Top 10: 1998 (#8)
  • Last Top 5: 1976 (#3)
  • High: #3 (1976)

Arkansas

  • Last: 2015 (#18)
  • Last Top 10: 2012 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 1978 (#2)
  • High: #2 (1978, 1969)

Army

  • Last: 1959 (#5)
  • High: #2 (1950)

Auburn

  • Last: 2018 (#9)
  • Last Top 5: 2006 (#4)
  • High: #1 (1984)
  • Note: Ranked in 11 of 15 preseason polls since 2003.

Baylor

  • Last: 2016 (#23)
  • High: #4 (2015)

Boise State

  • Last: 2018 (#22)
  • Last Top 10/5: 2011 (#5)
  • High: #3 (2010)
  • Note: Ranked in nine of 13 preseason polls since 2005.

Boston College

  • Last: 2005 (#22)
  • High: #19 (1984)

BYU

  • Last: 2009 (#20)
  • Last Top 10: 1985 (#10)
  • High: #10 (1985)
  • Note: Ranked in only two preseason polls since 1997 (2009, 2008).

California

  • Last: 2009 (#12)
  • Last Top 10: 2006 (#9)
  • Last Top 5: 1951 (#5)
  • High: #5 (1951)
  • Note: Ranked in five of six preseason polls from 2004 to 2009.

Clemson

  • Last: 2018 (#2)
  • High: #2 (2018)
  • Note: Ranked in the Top 5 for third consecutive season and fifth overall.

Colorado

  • Last: 2002 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 1996 (#5)
  • High: #2 (1972)
  • Note: Ranked in all but two preseason polls from 1989 to 2002.

Colorado State

  • Last: 2003 (#23)
  • High: #15 (1998)

Duke

  • Last: 1962 (#8)
  • High: #8 (1962)

Florida

  • Last: 2017 (#17)
  • Last Top 5: 2010 (#4)
  • High: #1 (2009, 2001, 1994)
  • Note: Ranked in all but one preseason poll from 1991 to 2013 which included Top 10 appearances from 1991 to 2002 and 2005 to 2010.

Florida State

  • Last: 2018 (#19)
  • High: #1 (2014, 1999, 1995, 1993, 1991, 1988)
  • Note: Lowest ranking since 2010.

Fresno State
Only preseason ranking was in 2005 (#24).

Georgia

  • Last: 2018 (#3)
  • High: #1 (2008)
  • Note: Ranked 17 consecutive years.

Georgia Tech

  • Last: 2015 (#16)
  • Last Top 10: 2001 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 1956 (#4)
  • High: #3 (1953, 1952)
  • Note: Only four appearances in the preseason poll since 2000.

Hawaii
Only preseason ranking was in 2007 (#23).

Houston

  • Last: 2016 (#15)
  • Last Top 10: 1980 (#8)
  • High: #7 (1969)

Illinois

  • Last: 2008 (#20)
  • Last Top 10/5: 1964 (#3)
  • High: #3 (1964)
  • Note: Only two appearances in the preseason poll since 2000.

Indiana

  • Last: 1969 (#14)
  • High: #13 (1968)

Iowa

  • Last: 2016 (#17)
  • Last Top 5: 1985 (#4)
  • High: #1 (1961)
  • Note: Ranked in eight of 10 preseason polls from 1983 to 1992.

Iowa State
Only preseason ranking was in 1978 (#20).

Kansas

  • Last: 2009 (#25)
  • Last Top 10: 1961 (#8)
  • High: #8 (1961)

Kansas State

  • Last: 2017 (#20)
  • Last Top 10: 2003 (#7)
  • High: #6 (1998)
  • Note: Ranked in eight of nine preseason polls from 1996 to 2004.

Kentucky

  • Last: 1978 (#15)
  • Last Top 10/5: 1951 (#6)
  • High: #6 (1951)

Louisville

  • Last: 2017 (#16)
  • High: #9 (2013)

LSU

  • Last: 2018 (#25)
  • Last Top 10/5: 2016 (#5)
  • High: #1 (1959)
  • Note: Ranked 18 consecutive years.

Marshall
Only preseason ranking was in 2002 (#19).

Maryland

  • Last: 2004 (#22)
  • Last Top 10: 1985 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 1955 (#5)
  • High: #2 (1952)

Miami (FL)

  • Last: 2018 (#8)
  • Last Top 5: 2003 (#3)
  • High: #1 (2002, 1992, 1990)
  • Note: Highest ranking since 2005. Ranked in only four polls since 2006.

Miami (OH)
Only preseason ranking was in 1976 (#20).

Michigan

  • Last: 2018 (#14)
  • Last Top 10: 2016 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 2007 (#5)
  • High: #1 (1989, 1981)
  • Note: Ranked in all but one preseason poll (1985) from 1970 to 2007, but only in five of last 11.

Michigan State

  • Last: 2018 (#11)
  • High: #1 (1952)
  • Note: Ranked in six of last seven preseason polls.

Minnesota

  • Last: 2004 (#25)
  • Last Top 10/5: 1957 (#4)
  • High: #4 (1957)

Mississippi

  • Last: 2016 (#11)
  • Last Top 10: 2009 (#8)
  • Last Top 5: 1970 (#5)
  • High: #1 (1964)

Mississippi State

  • Last: 2018 (#18)
  • High: #14 (1981)
  • Note: First ranking since 2011.

Missouri

  • Last: 2015 (#24)
  • Last Top 10: 2008 (#6)
  • High: #6 (2008)

Navy

  • Last: 1964 (#10)
  • High: #7 (1958)

NC State

  • Last: 2003 (#16)
  • High: #13 (1975)

Nebraska

  • Last: 2014 (#22)
  • Last Top 10: 2011 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 2001 (#4)
  • High: #1 (2000, 1996, 1983, 1976, 1972, 1965)
  • Note: Ranked in eight of last 11 preseason polls.

North Carolina

  • Last: 2016 (#22)
  • Last Top 10: 1997 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 1982 (#5)
  • High: #5 (1982)

Northwestern

  • Last: 2013 (#22)
  • Last Top 10: 1963 (#6)
  • High: #6 (1963)

Notre Dame

  • Last: 2018 (#12)
  • Last Top 10: 2016 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 2006 (#2)
  • High: #1 (1967, 1954, 1953, 1950)
  • Note: Ranked in preseason Top 10 only twice since 1997.

Ohio State

  • Last: 2018 (#5)
  • High: #1 (2015, 2006, 1998, 1980, 1969, 1970, 1962, 1958)
  • Note: Ranked in the Top 10 in 17 of last 23 preseason polls. Ranked in the Top 2 seven times since 2003.

Oklahoma

  • Last: 2018 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 2016 (#3)
  • High: #1 (2011, 2003, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1977, 1975, 1974, 1957, 1956)
  • Note: Ranked in the Top 10 in 16 of last 18 preseason polls.

Oklahoma State

  • Last: 2017 (#10)
  • Last Top 10: 2011 (#9)
  • High: #9 (2011, 2009)
  • Note: Ranked in the Top 10 for third time.

Oregon

  • Last: 2018 (#24)
  • Last Top 5: 2014 (#3)
  • High: #3 (2014, 2013, 2011)
  • Note: All but one preseason poll appearance has been since 2001.

Oregon State

  • Last: 2013 (#25)
  • Last Top 10: 1968 (#6)
  • High: #6 (1968)

Penn State

  • Last: 2018 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 1999 (#3)
  • High: #1 (1997)
  • Note: Ranked in Top 10 in consecutive years for first time since 1994-95.

Pittsburgh

  • Last: 2010 (#15)
  • Last Top 10: 2003 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 1984 (#3)
  • High: #1 (1982)
  • Note: Only four appearances in the preseason poll since 1991.

Purdue

  • Last: 2005 (#15)
  • Last Top 10: 1980 (#9)
  • Last Top 5: 1968 (#1)
  • High: #1 (1968)

Rice

  • Last: 1955 (#11)
  • High: #11 (1955)

Rutgers
Only preseason ranking was in 2007 (#16).

SMU

  • Last: 1985 (#3)
  • High: #3 (1985)

South Carolina

  • Last: 2014 (#9)
  • Last Top 5: 2013 (#6)
  • High: #6 (2013)

South Florida

  • Last: 2017 (#19)
  • High: #19 (2017, 2008)

Southern Miss

  • Last: 2000 (#23)
  • High: #21 (1998)

Stanford

  • Last: 2018 (#13)
  • Last Top 10: 2016 (#8)
  • Last Top 5: 2013 (#4)
  • High: #4 (2013)
  • Note: Ranked eight consecutive years.

Syracuse

  • Last: 1998 (#17)
  • Last Top 10: 1996 (#10)
  • Last Top 5: 1960 (#1)
  • High: #1 (1960)

TCU

  • Last: 2018 (#16)
  • High: #2 (2015)
  • Note: Ranked in 10 of last 12 preseason polls.

Tennessee

  • Last: 2017 (#25)
  • Last Top 10: 2016 (#9)
  • Last Top 5: 2005 (#3)
  • High: #1 (1951)
  • Note: Ranked in all but one preseason poll from 1986 to 2008 but only in three of last nine.

Texas

  • Last: 2018 (#23)
  • Last Top 10/5: 2010 (#5)
  • High: #2 (2009, 2005, 1970, 1965, 1962)
  • Note: Ranked in preseason Top 10 in all but one year from 2000 to 2010.

Texas A&M

  • Last: 2014 (#21)
  • Last Top 10: 2013 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 1995 (#3)
  • High: #2 (1957)

Texas Tech

  • Last: 2008 (#12)
  • Last Top 10: 1977 (#8)
  • High: #8 (1977)

UCF

  • Last/Only: 2018 (#21)
  • High: #21 (2018)

UCLA

  • Last: 2016 (#16)
  • Last Top 10: 2014 (#7)
  • Last Top 5: 1988 (#5)
  • High: #1 (1955)

USC

  • Last: 2018 (#15)
  • High: #1 (2012, 2007, 2005, 2004, 1979, 1973, 1963)
  • Note: Ranked in all but six preseason polls since 1963.

Utah

  • Last: 2009 (#19)
  • High: #19 (2009)

Virginia

  • Last: 2005 (#25)
  • High: #15 (1990)

Virginia Tech

  • Last: 2018 (#20)
  • Last Top 10: 2010 (#10)
  • High: #7 (2009)

Wake Forest
Only preseason ranking was in 2008 (#23).

Washington

  • Last: 2018 (#6)
  • Last Top 5: 1997 (#4)
  • High: #2 (1992, 1982)
  • Note: Ranked in Top 10 in consecutive years for first time since 1991-92.

Washington State

  • Last: 2017 (#24)
  • High: #11 (2002)

West Virginia

  • Last: 2018 (#17)
  • Last Top 10: 2008 (#8)
  • Last Top 5: 2007 (#3)
  • High: #3 (2007)

Wisconsin

  • Last: 2018 (#4)
  • High: #4 (2018, 2000)
  • Note: Ranked in Top 10 for second consecutive year.

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